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40-year-old Ibrahimovic recalled by Sweden

The star pulled out of Euro 2020 finals in June shortly before the tournament kicked off with a knee injury.

Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (file pic).
Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (file pic).
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AC MILAN striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on Tuesday recalled to the Sweden squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup qualifying matches, a month after the star’s return to the national team was thwarted by injury.

Coach Janne Andersson included “Ibra,” who turned 40 last month, for the away games against Georgia on 11 November and Spain on 14 November.

Since he ended a five-year international retirement in March, Ibrahimovic has been called up three times by Sweden, but has only played twice.

He appeared in two World Cup qualifiers in late March, both of which Sweden won, but pulled out of Euro 2020 finals in June shortly before the tournament kicked off with a knee injury.

After returning for AC Milan in mid-September, Ibrahimovic suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon which ruled him out of two World Cup qualifiers in late September.

Ibrahimovic returned for Milan in mid-October and has appeared in five consecutive games, scoring twice. He struck his 150th Serie A goal against Roma on Sunday.

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After six games, Sweden lead European Group B with 15 points, two ahead of Spain.

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